Sense of Hearing Activity for Kids: What Do you “See” with Your Ears?

This is a cool sense of hearing activity for kids. A great companion to the picture book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Scroll to the end of the post for more great bat-themed learning activities to go along with this book!

Sense of hearing and other bat themed learning activities for kids to go along with the book Stellaluna

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Stellaluna by Janell Cannon is this week’s picture book for the Virtual Book Club for Kids. Bats use echolocation to get around, so I thought this would be a great week to explore sense of hearing with my kids. Bats can seem scary, but – like all things that we fear – they become less frightening and more interesting as we take the time to learn about them.

Sense of Hearing Activity for Kids: What Do you “See” with Your Ears?

I asked the kids to take a moment to close their eyes and listen for what they could tell about their environment using only their ears. I created a simple worksheet for them to record their findings, which you can download by clicking on the image below:

Sense of hearing activity for kids

It was fun to see what they came up with. Five-year-old Anna drew me walking down the stairs. I think the scribble was her attempt to draw her sister playing the cello.

Sense of hearing activity to go along with Stellaluna

Eight-year-old Lily drew a picture of eleven-year-old Emma’s cello. Emma was practicing when I introduced the activity.

Sense of hearing activity for kids

Emma chose to write a poem about a memory of listening while hiding out in the closet.

Exploring sense of hearing

Johnny was out with Mike and didn’t participate in this activity. I’ll update with his answer if he chooses to participate later.

Exploring sense of hearing

More Bat themed Learning Activities for Kids

Check out these fun bat themed learning activities my Virtual Book Club for Kids co-hosts came up with! They make great companions to Stellaluna, or as part of a bath learning unit or even Halloween activities.

I would love to see what your kids come up with if you try this activity! I’d also love to hear if you have any other bat themed learning activities that I should add to this post. You can comment below, or on my Facebook page. You can also tag me on Instagram

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

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